The perfect bedtime hot drink.
I'm totally aware that there are a number of specialist bedtime hot drinks on the market. A favourite of which, Horlicks - a drink that I thrived on as a grumpy, sleepy child. Also have a fondness for it, what I kept calling 'bollocks' at the time by accident.
Imagine a 5-year old asking their mum for some hot bollocks.
Fast-forward 20 years: an acutely stressed 24-year old who cannot sleep because of the usual money worries. My method of getting to bed on some nights is to concentrate on something so hard that my brain eventually gives up and decides to turn the lights off on the way out.
There's one drink which is the ultimate, comforting, adult lullaby drink for those nights. It's for those nights when you just don't fancy a thick, grainy mug of stodgy Horlicks or Ovaltine, and a warming café latte is simply counter-productive.
This latte - apparently known as a 'London Fog' - is a delicious, fragrant hot latte made from Earl Grey tea, vanilla and whole milk.
It's a mile away from a hardened coffee drink, and unlike of regular English Breakfast tea, Earl Grey naturally contains very little caffeine. For this reason, people who can't, or simply won't, drink decaffeinated products tend to gravitate towards this fragrant blend of tea.
Whatever your disposition towards a hot drink, this one is worth a try at least once, and here's how to make it:
What You'll Need:
+ 2 regular 'teabags' of Earl Grey +
+ 250ml of Whole Milk +
+ 1 tablespoon of Vanilla Syrup (or 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract) +
1. First of all, heat up your milk until boiling and bubbling. You can do this in a microwave or on the hob. I prefer the hob. The microwave can make it all boil over and there's NO worse a job than having to clean a microwave...
2. While you milk heats, take your teabags of Earl Grey to the ready. Any brand of Earl Grey tea that you enjoy is just fine.
Pour 50ml of boiling water into your tea and leave to soak for a few minutes until your milk boils.
Give your tea a muddle and squash every now and again to force out the flavour. I like to pour the tea granules into the cafetiere for this, as it really lets you squeeze all of the flavour out of the tea. If you don't have one of these, simply strain the teabags in the same amount of hot water. Any British person will be superbly skilled in squeezing the teabag against the side of the cup with a teaspoon!
3. Once your milk is boiling, pour into your preferred drinking vessel. Add in your tablespoon of vanilla syrup too. If you don't have vanilla coffee syrup, half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and some sugar to taste will do just fine.
4. Pour in your shot of Earl Grey infused water, and give it a gentle stir.
5. Get into your pyjamas, turn off all screens and enjoy.
Hope you like this recipe!